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Getting back into the habit
by on Thursday, March 7, 2013  (2 comments)

Anyone that knows me, knows I have a history of being very inconsistent when it comes to solid training.

The best way to break that inconsistency is to make the daily run a habit.

I am motivated to have some great performances this summer and fall. I have two main goal races for the year and I have realized that sometimes the thought of the goals is not enough on my bad days. I am going to put up a sign by my alarm clock that simply says "Sub 30!" I am hoping that this will help with a sharper focus versus thinking about a "race in fall" in such generic terms.

I want to make myself more accountable to others because more often than not I care more about others than myself. However, this is a difficult situation to create. I do know that I want to be a solid scoring member of team Hillrunner to defend our title this year. Some years the team is not very deep and this means that the team could be seriously counting on me.

I have set the bar pretty high for myself in a goal of sub 30 at the 8K for Brigg's & Al's. I have also set the bar very high in my goal of 1:23:00 at a 1/2 marathon in late October.

A tertiary goal that I have is to run 2,013 miles throughout 2013. I am behind on that goal but can still achieve it through hard work and dedication.

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Ed, developing the habit is the key. To me, a day just isn't complete without a run. I also like your idea of having a goal posted in a very visible place. I used to stick post-it notes or tape 3x5 index cards with goals on them to my bathroom mirror so I'd be staring at those goals at least twice a day, when I brushed my teeth in the morning and evening. It makes it harder to back out of a run when you're constantly looking at that goal and telling yourself that you can't miss today's run if you want to get that goal.

You're starting in a better position than you possibly ever have been in at this time of the year. There is still a lot of time to accomplish some big things before the fall. As long as you stay consistent and work hard, with appropriate recovery included of course, you can do a lot in the next 6-7 months.

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I cannot believe that I have never thought of putting that goal "in my face" before. I am going to put a sign by the alarm clock, bathroom mirror and on my computer monitor at work.

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